Res­cuer in dog­house

WO­MAN ON GOOD BE­HAV­IOUR BOND AF­TER TAK­ING DOG

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­frey

d471682 A WO­MAN who stole her neigh­bour’s dog and found it a new home be­cause she did not be­lieve it was be­ing looked af­ter prop­erly has re­ceived a good be­hav­iour bond.

Glenda Naomi Ryan, who has re­fused to re­veal the where­abouts of the dog to po­lice, ap­peared at Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court on July 21, where she pleaded guilty to a steal­ing charge.

The prose­cu­tor said Ms Ryan went to her neigh­bour’s house and dis­cov­ered the dog had been left with­out any food or wa­ter and the owner was away.

She re­ported it to the rangers but was told there was noth­ing they could do, so she took mat­ters into her own hands and found the dog a new home.

When the owner re­turned from two weeks away, he re­ported the dog miss­ing.

But Ms Ryan told po­lice the dog had been ne­glected and she had had it re-homed. She said she was not aware that tak­ing a ne­glected an­i­mal and look­ing af­ter it was classed as theft.

Her lawyer said she ac­cepted she did the wrong thing.

“She be­came con­cerned when an­other neigh­bour told her the dog had been left for four days with no food or wa­ter,” he said.

“She took it upon her­self to take the dog and care for it as the neigh­bour was away for two weeks and no ar­range­ments had been made for the care of the dog dur­ing that time. She then took steps to have the dog re-homed.

“She did not con­tact the RSPCA be­cause af­ter work­ing for them as a vol­un­teer, she said she did not trust them.”

He said she was adamant that the dog did not go back to the owner.

“She won’t help po­lice lo­cate the dog,” he said.

“She will not have it go back to the owner; she re­fuses. She is 61 and has ab­so­lutely no record and I ask for a spent con­vic­tion.”

Mag­is­trate Vivien Ed­wards put her on a six-month good be­hav­iour bond of $200 and granted her a spent con­vic­tion.

She was not re­quired to co­op­er­ate with po­lice to have the dog re­turned to its orig­i­nal owner.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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